Teaching Mythology and Folklore. By Janet Dawson. My Question. How can I teach mythology and folklore to help students better understand themselves, the society in which they live, and the literature society has produced?.
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By Janet Dawson
Now why, I asked myself, couldn’t they do that when I assigned a whole variety of topics on The Crucible? The answer was obvious. The folklore had belonged to the kids from the beginning: the experiences they were recreating were theirs; the results they tabulated followed from the data they collected; the reflection on what this all meant came from them. My Crucible topics (“Choose one of the following:”) were mine; good as they were, they didn’t come from the kids, and so the writing was, at best, okay.